What is Veterans Care Coordination?
Veterans Care Coordination, LLC is an independently owned and operated home care company that advocates on behalf of veterans, surviving spouses and their families to apply for the Aid and Attendance pension benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Care Coordination provides high-quality home care services to assist seniors in their qualification for the benefit, and to ensure that they maintain the ability to remain at home for as long as possible.
Did the veteran have to serve during wartime to be eligible?
In order to be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit, the veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days of active duty, at least one day of which must have been during a period of war. Keep in mind that the war periods, for purposes of this benefit, are broadly defined and may include periods of time before or after the active hostilities. Veterans need not have served overseas to qualify; it is often enough that they were merely activated during these periods, even if their service kept them in the United States.
Mom and Dad have some income and assets; don’t you need to be poor to qualify?
The VA has put in place certain guidelines for qualification. With respect to income, the veteran or spouse must meet a ratio of monthly income to monthly medical expenses. The asset ceiling for qualification is more generous that some might think, and it allows applicants to keep their home and their vehicle. Veterans Care Coordination is a home care company and has no financial stake in trust work done on behalf of clients. Seniors are urged to be careful of financial services firms who look for seniors with assets and promise to fill out paperwork in exchange for the ability to sell annuities or other financial products.
How much do your services cost?
It is against the law to charge veterans or their families to fill out paperwork for the purposes of applying for the benefit, and we would warn seniors to be wary of firms who attempt to charge money in this manner. The only money that ever changes hands between Veterans Care Coordination and our clients is money paid for home care services, and our rates for that home care are competitive with rates charged by other providers in the marketplace.
What is VA Accreditation
According to 38 USC § 5901 and 5904, no person may help a veteran with an initial claim for benefits unless that person is accredited through VA. Additionally, no fee may be charged that is directly related to the filing of an initial claim. Doing so is illegal. As VA accreditation is becoming a topic of interest among professionals who work with veterans and spouses. At Veterans Care Coordination, we pride ourselves in continuing our education and staying abreast of all the VA’s rules and regulations. As such, several of our staff members are accredited as claims agents through the Department of Veterans Affairs.